Women’s Month: Alumna: Fay Mpata

Fay Mpata graduated from Belgium Campus iTversity with a Bachelor of Computing degree in 2016. She is currently working as a front-end developer at Twipe Digital Publishing, a Belgian technology company specialising in state-of-the-art digital publishing and analytics. We took some time to catch up with her.

1. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the IT field?
Because of its versatility. Nowadays we can find IT branches (programming, data science, data analysis etc.) in almost all industries. This is an advantage for us as we can be useful anywhere, by providing solutions in diverse industries (food, fashion, music, medical, media etc.) while at the same time gaining knowledge in these different fields.

2. What is your fondest memory of your time at Belgium Campus?
When I was in 1st year I was among the few students who got high marks for the first Programming 100 test. The test was about flowchart and according to the lecturer, being able to write a correct flowchart is important to be a good programmer. For me, who had never programmed anything before, coming to Belgium Campus and passing that test gave me the confidence that I could make it.

3. What has your experience at Twipe Digital Publishing been like so far?
My experience at Twipe has been very exciting so far. Belgium Campus gave me a solid foundation to start my career and Twipe is giving me the tools to build on that foundation. I started as an HTML, Javascript and CSS developer and today I am doing Android and a little bit of iOS development.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Twipe counts among its client big European newspapers. As a front-end developer, my work is seen by thousands of people all over Europe on a daily basis.

5. What is your opinion on the role of women in IT?
The ultimate purpose of IT in any industry is to support core processes, by providing solutions that enhance productivity. Men and women are different yet complementary. Diversity of thinking and ideas often result in better solutions. Women are more than welcome in IT as more and more women are becoming consumers of this technology.

6. Are there any women in IT who inspire you?
I am inspired by all the women who had the courage to enter the industry before me and who made it accessible, and by all the women who fight against gender discrimination in the industry so that our work is given the same value as work produced by men.

7. What advice would you give to young women considering a career in IT?
Follow your passion; do not be intimidated by the fact that you might be the only woman on the team. During my internship at Siemens and when I first started at Twipe I was the only woman developer but I didn’t let that intimidate me. Also, they should know that working in the IT industry is very demanding. Technologies evolve at high speed, therefore, to remain competitive in the job market you need to constantly learn and be aware of new technologies.

8. What are your goals for the future?
I am from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and during my studies there was no IT course available to me. One of my future goals is to use the knowledge and expertise I am gaining abroad, to introduce young Congolese to IT. IT is playing a big role in the development of countries and I think that people, especially women, should be introduced to it at a young age so that they aware that it is a great career path with many opportunities.